My Top Five Natural Remedies for Endometriosis Pain Relief
We’re all different, and what works for me, may not work for you. But if you’re interested in trying to reduce your endometriosis with natural options, here’s my top five natural remedies for endometriosis pain when you’ve just got your period or you’re in the middle of a flare up.
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This is my no.1, absolute favourite. Magnesium helps to relieve cramps and aids sleep, eases stress and anxiety, and can reduce endo brain fog. I take magnesium supplements everyday, but in an endo emergency I always reach for my magnesium spray first. I spray wherever I feel pain and the reduction as my cramping eases, is pretty much immediate.
I’ve been using my TENS machine for years and it’s seen me through the toughest times. A TENS is a small machine (as in it can be clipped to your clothes it’s so small), with sticky patches you stick on to the painful area, that send tiny electrical pulses into your body. These pulses stop or reduce the pain signals between your nerves and your brain.
I was super scared when I got mine, but it just feels like an intense tingle. Start on a low level and build up if you’re nervous – you might also find certain movements or positions make the tingle feel stronger.
I bought my TENS on Amazon, but it was always falling off my clothes and the battery didn’t last very long. I’m really keen to try Livia because it’s had great reviews – let me know if you’ve tried it!
Epsom Bath Salts
Once my spray and the TENS have worked their magic, I run a bath (tip: clean the bath the day BEFORE you’re due on, so you don’t have to stare at it longingly whilst crippled in the corner) and fill it with a few handfuls of Epsom salts. Epsom salt is in fact magnesium sulfate, and combining the cramp-reducing benefits of magnesium with the soothing heat and comfort of a bath, is a winning combination for my endometriosis pain.
You can buy pure magnesium bath flakes, or Epsom salts blended with soothing essential oils and flowers, not only do the oils have added benefits such as stress relief, but it just makes the experience feel more luxurious – which is needed when you’re in pain.
This natural remedy for endometriosis pain is a strong contender for the top spot. Firstly, it’s free (if you do it at home) and secondly, it just feels really good on my body and mind. I find that when I’m in these positions, I can’t really feel the pain. I seem to be so focused on the movement and the sensation of my muscles stretching that my mind just seems to be drawn away from it.
You don’t need to be a yogi to use yoga as a pain relief method. The yoga for period pains is slow, gentle and easy to do. I like to use this video by Yoga with Adrienne, or come along to one of my Endo Circles with Vickie Williams to learn some pain relieving and womb-nourishing yoga moves you can do at home.
CBD is the chemical found in the cannabis plant, and it is becoming known for its anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties. CBD is found in both the hemp and marijuana plant, but extracted alone; it cannot get you high.
In some states in America, you can get hold of CBD oils, balms and edibles that are extracted from marijuana and do get your high. In the UK, where it’s not legal, companies are now using CBD from hemp for similar products.
I’ve been using Medipen’s vape, which is made with natural coconut oil and CBD. I found I had to inhale it for a while to feel a big impact, but the first few pulls would certainly take the edge off and help reduce my anxiety around the pain. I would love to try Whoopi and Maya’s Rub, as well as edibles by Alchemy Food Co. and everything by SUPERGOOD, but at the moment we can’t get them in the UK. Thankfully, we have Kiki Health's CBD oil and water range, WUNDER WORKSHOP's Turmeric CBD Oil and Lazy Sunday Bath Bomb’s Magnesium Body Butter with CBD. I haven’t tried these yet, but as soon as I do – I’ll let you know!